It is interesting to note that – as early as March, 2019 – Miss Universe Philippines 2023 candidate Eileen Gonzales already wrote an email to the Miss Universe Organization expressing her wish and intent to be part of the pageant if only single mothers are allowed to join. Encouraged then by the inclusion (and acceptance) of transwoman Angela Ponce of Spain during Miss Universe 2018 in Bangkok, she messaged the organization, as follows:
”Good day! I am Eileen Gonzales, 22 years old from the Philippines. I have been joining beauty pageant since I was 15 years old and it has been my dream to have a crown and a title as a Beauty Queen. However, things started to change when I got pregnant 2 years ago and that made me lose hope at one point. I have been dreaming to join Binibining Pilipinas but sadly, they wouldn’t allow a single mother like me to join anymore because of your Qualifications. I have been also a Miss Universe fan. I watched Miss Universe last year and witnessed that you allowed a Transgender/Transwoman to join the pageant. That gave me hope, that maybe, or possibly in the future, you will also allow single mothers who are naturally born women to join your prestigious pageant.
I believe that Miss Universe’s Advocacy is about
Women Empowerment which means, that we, women, can empower each other regardless of our status in life.
I believe that the courage of single mothers should be honored as it brings hope and inspiration to the next generation. I would be truly delighted and grateful if you consider this petition to allow single mothers to join Miss Universe. Praying for this to happen. By doing so, you will make light brighter at the end of the tunnel as we thrive to make our dreams come true.
Thank you so much for the time reading my mail! More power!”
Fast forward to 2023. She is now one of forty (40) ladies (and one of three mothers) vying for the title of Miss Universe Philippines 2023. It is a wish granted. It may have taken almost five years and one global pandemic to happen. But she is now realizing the dream that – if she works hard on – could be the ticket to be part of Miss Universe. Let’s see what fate has in store for her in the nationals, and if she has what it takes to achieve an historic win in Philippine pageantry.
May Mrs Universe naman ah? Ginulo nyo pa ang MissU. Baka next time pwede na rin baklang may lawit sa MissU. Lahat na lang.
Hindi na sensible ang pageant. Heheh. Miss World and Miss Earth will overtake it.
Dapat tawaging Come What May Beauty Pageant. Like it is there but it is not.
Now JKN allowed married women, there will be a problem is using “Miss” in Miss Universe. Miss is only for unmarried women. It can use Ms tho.
If she can speak , why not?
She’s not mute so she can speak.
Excuse me ????
You are so corny,
Genuine question: nale-lessen ba ang ganda at character ng babae kapag nagaasawa or nagkakanak sya? I mean kung hindi naman, why should this be something controversial
and honestly kung mananatiliing traditional ang mga pageants I would discourage any moms to encourage their daughters to join a pageant. It’s not really something that can add prestige to your career resume in a developed countries anyway LOL
The title says Miss. Not Missus. And it should be part of the discipline and narrow path to get the title.
In fairness, maganda naman sya based on these pics. I say she earned her placement, mom or not
Semifinalist could be her highest placement
In the celebration of beauty, is there a law that tells the world what is the “true” type, the “right” qualifications of participants? Pageantry is a eurocentric construct that was handed down us. Eurocentrism is the tendency to interpret the world in terms of European or Anglo-American values, attitudes and interests; it considers Europe as focal to world culture, history, economics, etc. But in the world today where there emerged Asiacentrism and Afrocentrism, and many other groups that see things through their own ethnic and cultural lenses, who defines what is beautiful and what is not, who can join one event and who cannot? A beautiful woman is a beautiful woman– irrespective of her ethnic, social, civil, and legal status—because this generation’s concept of beauty transcends the physical and includes cerebral and spiritual. Eurocentrism has boxed-in woman for so long, to the point that they have been objectified and commodified.
Time now to shake pageantry off the eurocentric concepts, ideologies and myths on beauty. Time now for the real celebration of beauty!
Honestly I miss the old days of Miss Universe. I am old school person and I still believe that there should be a pageant for everybody, trans, married, unwed etc. I remember way back before when some parents always dreaming and saying someday my daughter will be Miss Universe and now the mothers are saying I want to be Miss Universe. The inclusive of unwed and married mothers in MU will make the beauty pageant less prestige. I hope MUO will wake up before it is too late.
Tsaka minimum height dati is 5’5″, dinadaya pa para maging 5’6″. Palaging nananalo yung matatangkad. Ngayon kahit 5’2″ tinatanggap na para maging beauty queen.
Bye bye, a lot of ya’ll old school folks ware dying out anyway ❤
But the pageant is old. Hahha. You should create a new one. We respect a beauty pageant and not a circus.
You will die too by the way and we are not sure if you will reach our age. Matabil ang bibig mong bata ka.
Parang 5’3″ -5’4″ height nya
What is her height? Parang maliit sya.